Braving the Heat

Bonsai Iterate

I am finally starting the work that needs done on my few tropical bonsai. These poor, abused plants really struggle with the outdoor/indoor cycle they must endure. In my area (Northern Virginia, USA) I need to keep them inside very nearly half the year to protect them from cold night time temperatures — from sometime in October to sometime in May. They pout and just barely hang onto existence while inside over the winter, and it takes a while, once back outside in the summer, for them to rebuild strength and grow well.

Ficus salicaria in April 2020

This shohin-size Ficus salicaria looked okay in April, but it really hadn’t done any notable growing for 6 months. The June and July heat have been good for it, though, and new growth is my sign that it is time for me to get to it.

This is a great time of…

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